Restaurant Review: Jones & Sons

A quiet Dalston side street holds a welcome secret in this elegant eatery

During a visit for breakfast at Jones at Trip in Haggerston (which was off-the-chart incredible, by the way), it was there that I met and chatted to the delightful owner Andy Jones, who told me a bit about his family business and about his mothership restaurant in Hackney, which he was super proud of.

I thought to myself that if the restaurant was anything like where I was currently sitting, very satisfied, then I wanted to bagsy it as a review spot for Guardian Soulmates – and I’m certainly glad I did.

I wasn’t sure what to expect when Über drove my plus-one and I through Hackney, as you get such a wide variety of styles this side of town. The car pulled up just off the main road onto Arcola Street and at first I wondered whether we were in the right place as it was such a quiet street, but there was Jones & Sons, beautifully situated in an old brick building – quite literally a hidden gem. (I should also mention that it’s a five-minute walk from Dalston Junction and also not too far from Rectory Road.)

This large, open-plan venue, with its white brick walls, high ceilings, hanging lights and wooden tables, has a stunning classic and spacious feel that’s elegant, sophisticated and bang on trend. The open kitchen under a fashionable white arch in the back adds an element of curiosity and character, and just looks kinda cool, really. There’s a long bar area with wooden shelves stocked with wines and spirits (they do great cocktails here too), and there’s really comfortable seating, with a variety of tables (which on a Wednesday evening, we could have our pick from).

Our waiter Alex was charming and a great host throughout the evening, making sure we were well looked after and had plenty of drinks to keep us smiling.

My date and I both started on a glass of fizz before cracking open a bottle of red wine. We looked over the menu, which was full of great British dishes to get indecisive about; they all sounded temptingly delicious and we were eager to start tucking in.

With a plate of olives on the side, I started off with the rare wood pigeon. I’d never had pigeon before and always like to try something new and slightly different; it was perfectly cooked and really soft, accompanied by pistachios and currants and splashed with a nice thick and tasty jus. This came highly recommended and I wasn’t disappointed.

My date happily tucked into the best-looking prawn cocktail I’ve ever seen in my life, and with a huge shrimp sat on top (face and all) it just added to the superb quality – such great presentation.

For mains it had to be the seared butcher’s steak with avocado, sauté potatoes and tarragon dressing for both of us, which was to die for. I couldn’t recommend this decision more highly. We also had a small pot of mac and cheese on the side, which at first I thought may not really go with the main, but it actually really added something. (Recommended by our waiter, so thank you, Alex.)

There were some lovely options for dessert, such as strawberry pavlova and a selection of sorbets. I opted for lemon thyme roasted peaches, honey, crème fraîche ice cream and crumble… oh my, I’m getting hungry just thinking about it.

My date enjoyed the puffed-up chocolate, brandied cherries and cherry ice cream, served with a brandy snap. Thankfully he doesn’t mind sharing, so I had a bit of that too – it was amazing!

Basically, you can’t really go wrong at Jones & Sons. It’s trendy, it’s friendly, the food is just lovely, and I’ll be going back again soon, so I hope to see you all there. You could confidently take someone for a date here and have a lovely experience.

Thank you team Jones & Sons!

To find out more, visit jonesandsonsdalston.com. Follow Lisa Coleman on Twitter at @Lisa_D_Coleman.

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